From Daily Mirror: Theresa May has used a brazenly misleading statistic to suggest homelessness fell under the Tories.
From Channel 4 News: The Tory health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been forced to re-write parliamentary records after making a false claim about mental health.
Speaking on World Mental Health Day, he told MPs: “We’ve got 30,000 more people working in mental health today than we had when [Labour] left office.”
He repeated this again, saying: “We have 30,000 more professionals working in mental health than when my Government came into office.”
But when questioned by FactCheck, the Department for Health admitted that Mr Hunt’s figure includes all professionally qualified clinical NHS staff in England – not just those working in mental health.
From Daily Mirror: Police say they are carrying out a ‘significant’ investigation into a secretive call centre operating on behalf of the Conservative party in the run up to the election. An undercover investigation at the Blue Telecoms call centre in South Wales claimed the cold-call centre broke data protection and election law.
From The Independent, December 2014: A leading Conservative backbencher was reported to Parliament’s standards watchdog after speaking in four Commons debates in support of the tobacco, mining and oil and gas industries without declaring that he is a founder and director of a firm with multimillion-pound investments in the sectors.
From The London Economic: A Tory MP and his two aides accused of misdeclaring expenses after breaching election campaign spending limits in the 2015 general election will face trial, a court heard today.
South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, 50, is said to have not properly reported expenses in his local return.
Mackinlay, his election agent at the time Nathan Gray, 28, and campaign specialist Marion Little, 62, were all charged under the Representation of the People Act 1983.
The charges relate to allegations that the party’s election expenses during the 2015 campaign in the constituency were not properly reported to the Electoral Commission.
Expenses incurred during the campaign in South Thanet were wrongly attributed to national expenditure instead of local expenditure, it is claimed.
Had they done so, they would allegedly have been in breach of spending limits.
From Daily Mirror: Police are investigating claims that the Tories paid an unemployed woman to pose as a Tory volunteer during the 2015 election.
From Daily Mirror: Kent police have passed a file on allegations of electoral expenses fraud to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it was confirmed today. The CPS will now review evidence before deciding whether to bring charges against the MPs involved.
#ToryElectionFraud: Kent Police passes Tory election fraud investigation dossier to Crown Prosecution Service. Source:…